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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Tuesday, December 22, 2009 43 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:22-DGE:43 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ER250701/09 Deadline: Wednesday 23rd December 2pm Deadline: Wednesday 23rd December 10am BOXING DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY Monday 28th December Tuesday 29th December CHRISTMAS DAY Friday 25th December BOXING DAY Saturday 26th December Sunday 27th December Deadline: Thursday 24th December 2pm Wednesday 30th December SPORTS EXTRA Parramatta snap up teenage Raider NEWCASTLEKnights winger JamesMcManus blazed a trail to theNational Rugby League like no other Territorian before him. But hot on the NSW Origin representatives heels is another Palmerston Raidermaking good, Bradley Hanson. Just asMcManus did in 2002, Hansenwas named Darwin Rugby Leagues rookie of the year. And like the 17-year-oldMcManus did in 2003, Hansen yesterday signed his first NRL deal. The versatile teenager will join Parramattas Toyota Cup side in 2011, seeing out another year in Darwin with the Raiders and leading theNT Titans in the under-18MalMeninga Cup in Queensland. Hewill also trial for the Affiliated States team that will play in the top tier of the Australian under-18 schoolboys championships. If unsuccessful hewill again play for the Territory under-18 side in Pool B. Hansens first order of business in theNewYear will be aweek-long training campwith the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) whichwill include trial games against Canberra and St George inmid-January. FellowNT Institute of Sport players JakeWatts, Dylan Cartwright andMatt Bennett will also push their cases for selection in the 2010AIS squad. Watts, Bennett andCartwright will then try woo Manly Sea Eagle andWest Tigers selectors in a bid to win NRL contracts themselves. Lightning Bolt has teammates talking THE Lajamanu Lightning Bolt has hit again. It seems that LiamPatricks Gold Coast teammates are the latest to be struck by awe. Foundationwingman Joseph Dayewatchedwith interest as Patrick bid theNTFL farewell with flair inWanderers convincingwin over Palmerston at TIO Stadium onSaturday. The 19-year-old son of former NT andMindil Aces player John and nephew of decorated PalmerstonNorthern Zone Soccer Premier League coach and multiple premiership winner Terry, took advantage of a family holiday to have a closer look at the man that has the glamour strip club buzzing. And it didnt take long for Daye to agreewith Gold Coast football managerMarcus Ashcrofts appraisal of Patrick as having the X-factor. I saw himdo some pretty amazing things, Daye said. Down at the Coast we struggled for a bit of pace in the TACCup last season and I think Liamwill bring that. While the closest Daye comes to being a Territorian is naming Darwin as his favourite holiday destination, he still has a close affinity for theNT. And its not only his close family ties to the capital city. The athletically built 195cm Daye hasmuch to thankNT Thunder coachMurray Davis for, giving the teenager his senior start playing for Zillmere in the QAFL in 2007. Murray was great at helping out the youngsters, Daye said. I learnt a lot fromhim, hewas the one that introducedme to senior footy. Jaylenes dual honours Picture: BRAD FLEET ByANDREWALOIA JAYLENEBonson is the latest Australian dual international in themaking. Bonson, 16, is hot property on both the basketball court and touch football field. She has already represented her country on the international stage, playing for the Indigenous womens touch side in a transTasman series last year. Now she has been added to the Australian under-18womens side preparing for the 2011World YouthChampionships. But first to recognise her green and gold potential was basketball selectors, adding her to the national under-17 squad earlier this year. The supremely gifted Casuarina Senior College (CSC) teenager has done an extraordinary job juggling the two sports for the best part of a decade now. Just to prove how good she has got at it, earlier this month shemanaged to leadCrocs to aDarwinwomens touch league grand final win before racing across the city to help Uni Rebels to a league reserve triumph in a matter of hours. Its nowonder she struggles to remember just howmany premierships she haswon. For as busy as she is collecting silverware and plaudits, she remains a calm almost bashful character in theway she goes about business. Australian selection, she said, certainly isnt whatmotivates her during a day that could contain up to two training sessions, gymwork, school duties and part-timework. I do it because I love it, she said. I dont go out to play thinking that if I dowell I will play for Australia. I just play as best I can every time formy team. Just how longBonson can continue the double-act remains up to her and just how far she goes in any one sport. In theNewYear shewill trial withWomens National Basketball League (WNBL) side Dandenong Rangers. Andwhen she is done there, her attentionwill be back on touch football and representing theNT at theNational Touch League. Shewont have to look far for support with two of her sporting idols there by her side inNT basketball great TimmyDuggan and theDarwins very own dualinternational BoDe LaCruz.